Traveling is a great way to see the world -- and the cats of the world. We've already highlighted awesome island paradises for cats but here are even more cat-tastic places around the world. From cat appreciation to flying cats, these five furry hot-spots are a must-visit for any cat-lovers.
Founded in 2012 by the Cat Fanciers' Association, the Feline Historical Museum opened its doors to the cat-loving public in 2012. A trip to the cavernous space treats visitors to cat figurines, artwork, a vast library of cat-related works, and the occasional special collection like the recently added Maneki Neko section. If you plan your trip right, you may also get to see Main Coon and Ragdoll cats freely wandering around in the space, or an impressive show of cat agility.
Whoever said cats can't be trained have obviously never seen Dominique and his Flying House Cats. Performing regularly in a few spots in Key West, Dominique and his troupe of kitties impress cat-lovers of any age with their acrobatics. Watch the cats jump through hoops on command, leap onto their trainer's back, and be generally impressively well-trained.
Cats are considered lucky in Malaysia, making it a great place to host a robust cat museum. Over 2000 cat artifacts and monuments from around the world are collected in this free space that serves to entertain and educate about our furry friends. Check out some feline-related exhibits, like cat advertising or a mummified cat from ancient Egypt. The museum contributes to our kitty knowledge in other ways as well, through conducting research and educating others of the history of cats and the impact they've had on our culture.
One visit to the Moscow Cat Theater's official website should be all you need to convince you to visit. As the site says: "Cats here everywhere." There are cat-adorned chairs, cat floor decals, cat statues… even the doorknobs look like cats. But of course the real draw is the actual cats -- over 200 cats live and work in the Moscow theater as actors, greeters, and little furry ushers. Performances are put on a few times a week, where cats perform amazing feats and tricks for the delight of the audience. (Accusations of cruelty have been thrown against the theater, though the owner and trainers have in turn pointed out that cats only do what they want -- you can't force a cat to perform. To read more about the accusations and response, check out this Vice article and make your own judgement.) Here, too, you can see the cat's good luck shine through: "Make wish and rub 3 times a nose of a lovely animal and the desire will surely be granted."
One final cat-museum worth visiting is the KattenKabinet in Amsterdam. Unlike the other museums on this list, which collect odds and ends pertaining to kitties, the KattenKabinet is a traditional art museum that happens to depict cats in every artwork. The museum houses a collection of feline art from master artists like Rembrandt and Picasso. Not going to Amsterdam anytime soon? The museum's website offers a 360 degree tour of the space on their website so you can peruse cat artwork from the comfort of your own home.
What other cat museums or travel attractions should cat-lovers put on their travel itinerary?